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Dean’s Desk  
October 25, 2021
School of Education & Psychology
Weekly e-News for Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community

My Saltiness 
Recently I realized how much I depend on salt to flavor food. This was especially apparent when I forgot salt in my homemade minestrone soup and put a spoonful of bland, flavorless vegetables in my mouth. Salt serves many purposes. It can be a catalyst that promotes change. It also preserves and enhances the flavor of whatever it is added to. Christ called his followers the salt of the earth. This makes me wonder how I might promote positive change in my world. Do I enhance the lives of those God puts in my way for the better?  How salty am I? ~ Debbie Muthersbaugh, PhD, Dean

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything." ~ Matthew 5:13

Calendar of Events
26-28 WACTE State Meetings, Administrative Offices Closed 
4 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
7 Distinguished Faculty Lecture, 7 pm, FAC, CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Archer!
8 Sophomore Registration opens for Winter Quarter
15 Freshman Registration opens for Winter Quarter
18 PEAB (Professional Educators Advisory Board) 12-3:00 pm, Virtual
21-28 Thanksgiving Break, No Classes
1-2 NAD Endorsement Committee, Dean away
2 University Assembly, 5-6:30 pm
3 Student Teaching ’20-21 Applications Due to Placement Officer, Emily Appel
5-10 NAD Education Meetings, Dean away
13-15 Final Exams
15 WWU Employee Christmas Party
20 Fall Course Grades Due, 9am
Date TBD SEP Christmas Party, Curriculum Library
16-Jan. 2 Christmas Break
Education and Psychology News
Davis Elementary School Tour
Last week some of our education students toured Davis Elementary School in College Place to get an idea of what programs they offer and how the facilities operate. Thank you to Principal Mark Ferraro for providing this engaging and enlightening experience.
Hands-On Learning
Students in Dr. Maria Bastien Valenca's Inclusive Literacy class recently visited the Discovery Preschool to practice making letters outside with shaving cream. Despite the cold, everyone had an exciting time engaging in a hands on experience drawing letters! Although a bit messy, it was a valuable sensory experience, and provided the opportunity to cultivate a connection with the preschoolers as well as approach literacy from a unique angle.
Student Research Posters 
As you walk around Smith Hall this year you will see some new additions to the wall decor. Posters are up from the Spring 2021 Psychology Research Methods and Statistics class. You will find a wide variety of topics of interest to university students. Take a moment and check out what our amazing students have done.
Departmental Clubs Focus
Psychology Club
Last Thursday, club members were treated to FREE veggie burritos from Taqueria!

Contact Sponsor: Linda Ivy ( or get in touch with club officers: Sarah, Joni, Jessica, Tom, Graciela, and Hannah.
Follow Psychology Club on Instagram: (@thepsychstudents).  
Education Club
Last week, Education Club held a hangout at Lions park and provided snacks, volleyball, and spikeball!
Today, October 25th, Ed. Club is holding a Study at the Atlas from 4-7pm. Members will receive a free 8oz drink of their choice!

Contact Sponsor: Brian Hartmann ( or Aleah Clarke (Ed Club VP)
Follow the Education Club on Instagram: (@wwueducationclub).
Faculty and Staff News
Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Austin C. Archer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology and Education "Memory and Prophecy: Perspectives on Changing Minds"

Here at the School and Education and Psychology, we are fortunate to have Dr. Archer as a part of our team of outstanding faculty. Each year a WWU faculty who has demonstrated scholarly insights and academic contributions to their fields is chosen to present the Distinguished Faculty Lecture. As recognition of his achievements, Dr. Archer will deliver the annual lecture on November 7th, at 7pm in the Fine Arts Center. Come support our professor and colleague!

Curriculum Library

Step Into STEAM, Your Standards-Based Action Plan for Deepening Mathematics and Science Learning Grades K-5 by Sarah B. Bush and Kristin L. Cook.  Corwin/Sage, 2019.

IM/MS 372.35 B963


This book is a guide to preparing students for their future work in occupations that may not even exist now. It guides the teacher in preparing STEAM activities that meet grade-level standards for mathematics and science.  One chapter is full of examples of successful classroom tested STEAM inquiries. Many university educators highly recommend this book.

Discovery Preschool
“But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Luke 18:16 NIV
Job Postings & More Information 

Teacher's Aide Opening at RAS
Rogers Adventist School (RAS) has several openings for the position of teacher’s aide. This position will provide WWU students with experience in the day-to-day operation of a classroom. Students will gain experience in the organizational and management skills necessary for the efficient operation of the class. Applicants should have a high school diploma (or an equivalent) and be a University student with a major in education or related subjects. The applicant should be available to work an average of 8 hours a week from 09/27/2021 to 06/03/2022. The hourly pay is minimum wage and there will be a yearly evaluation during spring quarter. MUST BE ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL WORK STUDY to apply. If you’re interested and have any questions about this position you can contact Nancy Barnett at or 509-529-1850, also see Heidi Lindstrom for a letter of eligibility. 

Office Aide Opening at Davis Elementary
Davis Elementary School is looking for an Office/Teacher's Aide who will aid office staff by making copies, organizing bulletin boards, answering phones, greeting parents and visitors, aiding teachers in the classroom, tutoring, correcting papers, organizing classrooms, and watching students on the playground. MUST BE A WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENT TO APPLY. Please see Heidi Lindstrom for a letter of eligibility. Students will also need to complete the districts application. College Work Study Student 2021-2022 DAVIS Grades K-5.

Teacher's Aide Opening at Davis Elementary
Davis School has positions available for Teacher's Aide. Duties include assisting teachers in the classroom, tutoring, correcting papers, making copies, organizing classrooms, and other duties as assigned. Helping with physical education, music activities, and supervising students on the playground are also included. Job offers 4-15 hours per week between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Being bilingual would be helpful. All applicants must have a high school diploma. APPLICANTS MUST BE A WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENT. Prepare to take a copy of your class schedule when applying. If interested, see Heidi Lindstrom for a Letter of Eligibility. Students will also need to complete the districts applicationCollege Work Study Student 2021-2022 DAVIS Grades K-5.

After School Tutor Opening at Davis Elementary
Davis School has positions available in the Ignite after-school program. This job is very well suited to anyone who is interested in working in the education field, as tutors will gain experience working in a public school setting. The hours are from 2:30-5pm Monday through Thursday, but tutors may work two to three days a week as well.
Apply directly: or for more information, contact Nick Walsh (

GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Wa-Hi 
If you know any recent grads or current local college students looking to make extra money working part-time hours during the school day or afterschool please have them contact me. We are looking for people who can help with homework, especially math and science. For more information please contact Rachel Hicks at 509-730-9308 or email

GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Garrison and Pioneer
GEAR UP is looking for tutors to work at Garrison and Pioneer. Make extra money working part-time hours during the school day or afterschool. We are looking for people who can help with school work, are enthusiastic about working with middle schoolers and want to make a positive difference in student learning. For more information please contact the GEAR UP Site Manager at either school. Garrison: Terri Gingras- (509) Pioneer: Elionay Quiros Meneses-(509)

Join the Adventist Education Team 
Are you searching for a job in the Seventh-day Adventist Education system of schools? Use the tools at this site to make an employment connection:
Walla Walla University
School of Education and Psychology
204 S. College Avenue, Smith Hall
College Place, WA 99324

Emily Appel, Administrative Staff 509.527.2210
Mishelle Castiglioni, Executive Secretary 509.527.2211
Dr. Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean 509.527.2212

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